Atlanta at Philadelphia

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Atlanta (16-12)0000131106122
Philadelphia (11-13) «0103000217120

Phillies 7, Braves 6

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Darin Ruf hit a different kind of walkoff home run.

The Phillies prospect launched a solo shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6, then walked off to the minor league camp.

Philadelphia assigned Ruf to Triple-A after the win.

"It kind of caught me off-guard a little bit, but it's part of the game," Ruf said. "They're not disappointed in anything I've done so far. It's just that I need to get out there and play left field on a daily basis."

The 26-year-old Ruf hit 38 home runs in Double-A last year and hit three more in a late-season call-up by the Phillies.

Left field is something Ruf, who has struggled in the glove department this spring, will have to improve on in Triple-A this season.

But it was Ruf's bat, and the bat of Atlanta prospect Evan Gattis, that made the most noise on Friday.

Gattis hit home runs in consecutive innings to tie the game at 4. The young catcher had three hits and drove in three runs. He's hit four homers this spring.

B.J. Upton hit a home run an inning later to give the Braves a 5-4 lead.

"Gattis got his swing back again, which is good to see," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Two home runs and a little bloop that he muscled out there. And he caught the ball well. Good, productive day."

Erik Kratz doubled twice as the Phillies took a 4-0 lead.

Jonathan Papelbon earned the win after a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout.

Paul Maholm turned in a solid performance over six innings for the Braves, scattering seven hits for four unearned runs. He struck out five.

Adam Morgan started for Philadelphia, a couple of weeks after he was reassigned to the minor league camp. The Phillies had him pitch to give some arms a rest.

Morgan went 4 2-3 innings, giving up four hits and a run. He struck out five against the Braves, who he grew up rooting for in Marietta, Ga.

Morgan could be in line for big league consideration if one the Phillies starters is out this year.

"How awesome was that?" Morgan said. "Even if it is spring training, I can say I pitched pretty well against the Braves."

NOTES: The Phillies made two other roster moves after the game, releasing pitcher Rodrigo Lopez and reassigning Jermaine Mitchell to minor league camp. ... The Braves will play their final split-squad games this spring on Saturday. Julio Teheran will start against the Astros at home while Jason Heyward and the Upton brothers will make the trip to Dunedin to play the Blue Jays. ... Phillies RF Delmon Young played in his first game of the spring, a minor league game in Dunedin, where he went 1 for 4 with a home run off R.A. Dickey. He only hit and ran to first base, as he is still recovering from microfracture surgery in November. ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz said X-rays were negative on his left hand after getting hit by a pitch Thursday in the Phillies' 6-1 loss to the Red Sox. He will catch for Roy Halladay in a minor league game Saturday.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

E. Kratz
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

E. Gattis
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, RF-CF2000312 .245
    Christian Bethancourt, C0000000 .133
Ramiro Pena, SS4000012 .231
    Sean Kazmar, SS1000010 .000
B.J. Upton, CF4111013 .377
    Joe Terdoslavich, 1B1000000 .436
Freddie Freeman, 1B4010011 .365
    Tyler Pastornicky, 2B1000000 .396
Dan Uggla, 2B4110011 .210
Chris Johnson, 3B3121001 .383
    Blake DeWitt, 3B1110000 .222
Evan Gattis, C4233011 .391
    Todd Cunningham, PR-CF0000000 .267
Jose Constanza, LF4030001 .300
    Jordan Parraz, RF1000000 .297
Totals36612539  
Batting
2B - Jose Constanza (1, Durbin)
HR - B.J. Upton (2, Valdes), Evan Gattis 2 (4, Morgan, Durbin)
SH - Paul Maholm (1)
RBI - B.J. Upton (10), Chris Johnson (12), Evan Gattis 3 (13)
SB - Jordan Schafer (4, 2nd base off Morgan/Kratz)
CS - Jordan Schafer (3, 2nd base by Morgan/Kratz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Chris Johnson (5, Throwing), Dan Uggla (6, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Maholm 6740250 1.78
Daniel Rodriguez (BS,1; L,0-1) 2.2533042 9.53
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 11-4, Daniel Rodriguez 2-2
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 29, Daniel Rodriguez 13
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jermaine Mitchell, CF4001021 .269
    Ender Inciarte, CF0000000 .238
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5022010 .435
Chase Utley, 2B3010101 .234
    Kevin Frandsen, 2B1000010 .280
Ryan Howard, 1B4020013 .328
    John Mayberry Jr., 1B1000000 .214
Domonic Brown, RF5010013 .382
Darin Ruf, LF4321102 .246
Laynce Nix, DH4100024 .229
Erik Kratz, C4233001 .281
Freddy Galvis, 3B4110013 .286
Totals39712729  
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (5, Maholm), Erik Kratz 2 (3, Maholm, Maholm), Freddy Galvis (7, Rodriguez)
HR - Darin Ruf (2, Rodriguez), Erik Kratz (2, Rodriguez)
SH - Ender Inciarte (1)
RBI - Jermaine Mitchell (3), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (11), Darin Ruf (9), Erik Kratz 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt (3), Darin Ruf (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Frandsen-Betancourt-Mayberry
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Morgan 4.2411351 1.93
Chad Durbin (BS,1) 1.1433011 6.10
Raul Valdes 1111011 4.40
Zach Miner 1311010 9.00
Jonathan Papelbon (W,1-1) 1000010 12.71
WP - Chad Durbin (1)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Morgan 3-5, Chad Durbin 2-1, Raul Valdes 2-0, Zach Miner 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
Batters Faced - Adam Morgan 20, Chad Durbin 8, Raul Valdes 4, Zach Miner 5, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10037
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Travis Carlson, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Dan Iassogna